There was confusion within the Gateway Services Community Development District recently in regards to whether or not the district would allow the Gateway Soccer Association to continue using the Sherman Soccer Complex on Griffin Drive.

District Manager Calvin Teague raised the issue that the GSA – as of February 18, 2016 – did not have a contract to use the GSCDD’s soccer fields for it’s 2016 spring or fall seasons.

Gateway’s lawyer Anthony Pires told the Board of Supervisors that it was his understanding that the GSA would only get a contract if they provided the public with information about the youth soccer league’s revenues and expenses before December 31, 2015.

Pires was backed by Supervisor Gary Neubauer.

Vice-Chairman Margaret Fineberg and Supervisor Rod Senior appeared to be under the impression that the Board granted the GSA the right to operate a 2016 spring season at Sherman, with the understanding that the GSA would provide its financial information “within six months” – or more practically, prior to its 2016 fall season.

With a lack of consensus about the due date for the financials, the Supervisors unanimously opted to give the GSA the benefit of the doubt. Fineberg put forth a motion, which Senior seconded, to allow the GSCDD to enter in to an agreement with the GSA for the spring season.

Neubauer, along with Chairman William Guy, voted along with Fineberg and Senior to allow the spring season.

It needs to be said that Neubauer did not have any problem with the GSA having its spring season. He was just under the impression that the financial documents were due on December 31, 2015.

Supervisor Pam Gill was not present for the vote.

It’s clear, however, that the Supervisors have gone as far as they’re prepared to go to accommodate the Gateway Soccer Association.

Either the GSA will provide Gateway residents with financial information regarding their income and expenses, or the GSA will not be permitted to use the Sherman Soccer Complex for its fall season.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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